Fully Persuaded That God Had Power
Romans 4:18 “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
(4:19) Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.
(4:20) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
(4:21) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
(4:22) This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.””
God promised Abraham that He will give him a son and a nation of people as many as stars. This was God’s promise. But time passed by and Abraham and his wife kept growing old. They tried getting a child through Hagar the maid, but God rejected that one as the heir. Abraham and his wife were now too old to get a child, but they kept hope alive. They had the reality of God’s promise and the reality of their aging bodies.
Abraham lived in two realities. The reality that he was too old to have a child, too old as good as dead. The other reality was that, God who promised to give him a child of his own, was able to do it and defy nature’s limitations. Abraham lived in two realities, but the second reality overrode the first one. Abraham was fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
We too live in two realities. All humanity, present and future have two realities. The human limited reality and the Divine limitless reality. But we have a choice to make one reality override the other. Abraham preferred the Divine reality over the human. Abraham was fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
To choose one reality to override the other, doesn’t deny the truthfulness of the one treated inferior. If you choose human limited reality, the Divine remains true and real and potent even when we don’t believe or when we ignore it. If you choose Divine reality, the human remains true and real and exact and affecting you. Both realities must be appreciated as being real and true in all aspects, but one must be chosen to override the other. Abraham chose the Divine over the human.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Money and it’s power to do things is a human limited reality. God is greater and more effective than money, that is the Divine reality. You cannot serve both realities. Choose one reality. Abraham chose Divine reality.
Romans 4:19 “Without weakening in his faith, he (Abraham) faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.” Abraham faced the human reality of a weak body that was as good as dead. Abraham faced the reality of his age. Abraham faced the reality of his wife’s age and frail old body being as good as dead. Those realities were not hallucinations but actual. But Abraham didn’t stop there. To stop there would lead to despair and hopelessness. Abraham looked at the Divine reality and he embraced it as superior to the human reality. He was fully persuaded that God has power to do what He had promised.
Fully persuaded means faith in God in spite of circumstances. Fully persuaded about God’s power. Fully persuaded leaves no room for doubt. Fully persuaded trusts God to death as the martyrs did. Fully persuaded is the way to go through life. Not a life of doubt! He was sure of his human reality, but he was fully persuaded about the Divine reality.
Dont we too have realities? Isn’t job loss real? Isn’t divorce and heartbreak real? Isn’t witchcraft real? Isn’t jealous and hate real? Isn’t failure and losses real? Aren’t our weaknesses real? That is the reality of where we are today. Human limited reality. But its real and affecting us in real ways. But this is just one reality. There is a second reality that Abraham preferred over this.
We too have both realities. A broke and no money situation, a breaking or already broken relationship, age that is going up without a spouse, a diagnosis that spells death, a superior person at work who hates and is bend on destroying us, an army of haters brought together by race or tribe or class against us, a business deal going sour, mounting losses, joblessness, exam failure, etc. Another reality is God, who is able to change our circumstances for the better, miraculously. You must choose which reality overrides the other. Abraham chose the Divine, what about you?
Faced by both realities, where do you focus? Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” A focus on human reality will leave us desperate, in fear and hopeless. Let us focus on God’s power that can work against the human reality. It is better when the Divine reality overrides the human reality. While our situation is real, God’s power to change things is equally real. Like Abraham focus on God, fully persuaded that God has power to do what He has promised.
Dear God, may I too like Abraham choose the Divine over human reality. May I too be persuaded that even in my situation, God has power to do what He had promised. May it come true for me too as it did for Abraham. In Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)